Green matters


DBL bamboozles with green range

US consumer electronics wholesaler DBL Distributing has announced an eco-friendly product assortment based on bamboo.

The EcoSmart product line by computer accessories company Micro Innovations is a range of bamboo computer accessories. The range includes a keyboard enclosed in a solid bamboo shell, bamboo multimedia speakers and a bamboo mouse, among others.


Bamboo is a natural resource that can be harvested and replenished with virtually no impact on the environment. It helps reduce the carbon dioxide gases blamed for global warming and can be harvested in a fraction of the 50 years it can take to harvest most soft and hardwoods.
"There is a high demand for environmentally friendly products," says Tim Coakley, Senior Vice President of Merchandising for DBL.


"Research suggests that customers will pay a higher price for `green’ products and technology. Micro Innovations has developed a great new eco-friendly product line-up that is stylish and speaks to an under saturated market of people who seek eco-friendly innovative technology."


Stora Enso top of the class…


Stora Enso has been included in Global 100, a list of the 100 most sustainable companies in the world publicised at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.


Stora Enso was considered among the best in class in the forest products industry for managing environmental, social and governance risks and opportunities.


"I am very proud that the efforts of the Stora Enso team to keep sustainability right at the heart of our agenda, even in the very challenging operating environment our industry faces, have been recognised. This will encourage us all to strive for even further improvement," says Stora Enso CEO Jouko Karvinen.


The Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World was initiated in 2005 by Corporate Knights, an independent Canadian-based media company, in partnership with Innovest Strategic Value Advisors, an international investment research firm. The 100 top sustainability performers are chosen from the MSCI World Index of some 1,800 publicly-traded companies.


…And so is Ricoh!


For the fifth consecutive year Ricoh has also been listed in the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World.


One of the overwhelming factors in Ricoh’s favour was the company’s "Year 2050 Extra-Long-Term Environmental Vision" programme and how its current management strategies all support this initiative. Ricoh’s strong performance in the other three key indicators also contributed to its inclusion in this year’s list.


Cartridge World to plant 500 trees


Cartridge World will plant more than 500 trees at organisations and schools across the UK as part of a nationwide initiative.


The company is planting a tree for every 25 refilled or remanufactured printer cartridges it sold during National Tree Week in 2008.


The ‘Plant a Tree NOT a Cartridge’ campaign has already saved 14,779 printer cartridges from being ‘planted’ in landfill.


Customers, charities, schools, nursing homes, parks and churches nominated places where they thought trees should be planted to their local Cartridge World store.


"This campaign has proved to be incredibly popular with customers across the UK. Our customers benefit every day when they come into the stores and save themselves some money through using refilled cartridges," said Mark Holland, UK General Manager of Cartridge World.


"By joining our company in this scheme customers also helped to save a significant number of cartridges from ending up in landfill and enabled Cartridge World to plant a tree to benefit their community."


Cell breakers


Those looking for a green alternative to traditional rechargeable batteries may want to take a look at the EnviroCell. Capable of holding ts charge for seven years the manufacturer claims that it is the only green certified rechargeable battery on the market. That apart, the OPI team are quite partial to the sticky tree frog on the packaging.




MSE makes DIN grade


Compatible toner cartridge manufacturer Micro Solutions Enterprises (MSE) has announced it has been awarded DIN 33870 accreditation.


"We are proud to have adopted this important standard," said Yoel Wazana, President of MSE. "For 15 years, we have invested into technologies and engineering in order to offer the highest quality products possible.


"Along with our STMC and ISO 9001 certifications, as well as our adoption of ISO 19752 and ISO 19798 page yield standards, DIN 33870 plays an important role in both dealer and consumer confidence, especially in the international marketplace."


Paradigm’s wising up on waste


The Paradigm Group is seeking to bolster its environmental policy by partnering with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) voluntary WasteWise programme.


The US environmental regulator’s programme asks that volunteers do what they can to prevent unnecessary waste, purchase recycled products and recycle as much as possible.


"Paradigm Group has always made preservation of the environment a high priority by bridging the gap in the cost to the consumer of environmentally sensitive and recycled products in our category," says Marcello Sozio, VP of Business Development. Sozio adds that the WasteWise message is an extension of that philosophy.


The company says its WasteWise goals for 2009 are to be proactive in taking the green message to its client base by providing cost-neutral conversions through its Emerald Brand, raising awareness of the environmental benefits of buying recycled products and providing higher yield solutions for the workplace.


Paradigm Group will be also be presenting a rewards programme for members of the WasteWise partnership. The partnership was launched in 1994 and has more than 2,000 partners.


Steelcase networking


Steelcase has announced that it has joined the Institution Recycling Network to find environmentally friendly ways to reuse old office furniture.


The Environmental Partnership Program matches unwanted office furniture with non-profit organiSations worldwide that are in need of desks, chairs, and cubicles. Through the new Steelcase-IRN partnership, 1,600 pieces of old law school furniture went to Food for the Poor in Jamaica and Haiti.


"Furniture that is no longer needed by one organisation can provide tremendous value to another. We have found that there is limitless demand for the furniture that is discarded every day," said Nancy Hickey, Steelcase Senior Vice President.


Fair trade for dealers


Office Club, the UK dealer group, is aiming to help members boost sales of Fairtrade products by providing marketing materials and exclusive promotions to coincide with Fairtrade Fortnight which takes place in early March.


Merchandising Manager Allison Fishlock commented: "The move towards greener and more ethical options has been at the forefront of customer purchasing patterns over the past 12-18 months and Fairtrade Fortnight is a fantastic opportunity for suppliers of catering products to the workplace to remind customers that there is an alternative that can help to tip the balance of trade in favour of poor producers."


Office Club is also launching a new green mailer, printed on 100 percent recycled paper and containing almost 500 lines which offers greener alternatives in its 2009 Carbon Neutral catalogue. "Our 2009 catalogue features more products with environmental benefits than ever before," said Fishlock. "The 500 lines enable the dealer to demonstrate themselves as being serious players when it comes to offering greener alternatives to the market."


Top tips on how to ‘green’ your office!


As you can see below, The Green Office – a UK office supplies company – has produced its own guide to reducing waste in the office. But what is your company doing to green itself? We’d like to know! Send an email to and let us know. The more unusual, the better!


Reduce your storage needs:
• Wherever possible, request to receive invoices and other records electronically rather than in hard copy.
• Consider scanning invoices and other non-legally essential documents and storing them digitally, rather than filing hard copies away.
• Store essential documents such as bank records, contracts, etc. only for the time required by law. Shred and recycle old documents when you no longer need to store them.
Reuse what you’ve got:
• Reuse filing folders rather than throwing them away. Write folder labels in pencil so they can be erased and reused. If your file folders have permanent labels, just flip the spine and you have a brand-new blank tab to write on.
Recycle as much as possible:
• Only store the documents which you are really going to need for the future.
• Shred & recycle confidential items, or use a document destruction service that recycles.
• Consider printing on the back of non-confidential paperwork before recycling it.
• File folders that aren’t being reused can generally be recycled.
Purchase green storage solutions:
• Look for file folders, file storage boxes, dividers, and other paper-based products containing as much post-consumer recycled content as possible.


Friendly Pen earns Nordic Swan


Swedish writing instruments manufacturer Ballograf has unveiled the Friendly Pen, the first ballpoint pen on the market to carry the Nordic Swan ecolabel.


One of the widest ranging certifications available, the Nordic Swan is currently only available to Scandinavian products but the former BIC company (it was successfully acquired in a MBO four years ago) is hopeful that it will be a strong selling point to consumers.


PEFC UK reaches 1,000 milestone


PEFC UK recently celebrated the awarding of its 1,000th Chain of Custody certificate.
Woodmansterne, a fine arts and social stationery publisher, became the latest company to join the PEFC programme when its Watford production facility was awarded the Chain of Custody certificate in January.


According to PEFC, demand for the certification from the print and paper sectors has rapidly accelerated recently, and between 2007 and 2008 there was a 300 percent increase in applications.


"It is heartening to see that even in these challenging economic times, demand for chain of custody certification shows no sign of slowing," said Ross Bradshaw, Director of PEFC UK.


Staedtler wants PEFC for Wopex


German writing instruments manufacturer Staedtler plans to have PEFC certification within the year for its new Wopex pencil.


The pencil’s unique design – it is twice as long as a classic pencil – is intended for both office and school use with a high resistant tip and it is also solvent free.